Biden When Meeting Foreign Leaders: ‘Embarrassed’ by Campaign, ‘So Much for the Shining City on the Hill’

Thursday in Washington DC at a post-election forum convened by New York University, Vice President Joe Biden said he was “embarrassed” by the way the 2016 presidential campaign was conducted when he “met with virtually every head of state in the world.”

Biden said, “This has been a very tough election. It’s been ugly, it’s been divisive, it’s been coarse, it’s been dispiriting. And it was more a battle of personalities than it was a battle of ideas in my view. As a vice president of the United States I’ve traveled over 1,200,000 miles. Traveling to met with virtually every head of state in the world.”

“I have been doing this a long time,” he comtined. “I know I met every single one—I think every major head of state in the last 35 years.  Not because I’m important but because it just happened to be jobs I had at the moment. I find myself embarrassed by the nature of the way in which this campaign was conducted. So much for the shining city on the hill.”

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